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Rajnath reviews security situation a day after air strike

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New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh Wednesday reviewed the security situation in the country, especially along the border with Pakistan, a day after Indian fighter jets bombed Balakot area in that country, officials said.

The airstrikes came after 12 days after a suicide car-bomb attack by JeM in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district killed 49 CRPF personnel.

Soon after the airstrikes in Pakistan, a statement by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said India had credible intelligence that the “Pakistan-based group was planning more suicide attacks in the country.”

During the meeting, attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval among others, a detailed presentation was given about the security situation in the country and steps taken to ensure peace in all sensitive places.

Singh directed the officials to ensure the Border Security Force, which guards the India-Pakistan border continues to remain on highest level of alertness so that any misadventure from across the border could be foiled, a home ministry official said.

Those who attended the meeting include Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Intelligence Bureau Director Rajiv Jain.

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told the media that the “intelligence-led operation” on the “Pakistan-based group’s biggest training camp” in Balakot became “absolutely necessary” as it was planning more suicide attacks in India, after the February 14 attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in which 49 soldiers were killed.

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